(AP) Minneapolis- In a surprise development, an apparition described by many as the "ghost of Dear Abby" has been visiting dozens of Minneapolis homes giving unwanted advice.
Pauline Phillips, better known to millions of newspaper readers for decades as the Dear Abby advice columnist, died after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease, her family said Thursday.
She died Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 94.
Perplexed local police officials told the Associated Press calls began to flood their switchboards shortly after the family made the announcement. All said the "ghost" suggested a variety of ways to improve their lives, from making love, balancing their budgets, preparing the perfect lemon drop cake to repairing a Stutz Bearcat transmission.
"I don't believe in ghosts," said Minneapolis Police Chief, Bernard O'Mallory, "but something strange is happening. In fact a shadowy figure appeared before me and suggested how to better handcuff a prisoner" O'Mallory added," It was useful information. I never knew cuffs had locks. Before whatever it was left my office and I heard the words, 'I like to be handcuffed'. I still don't know what it was", said the Chief, "but I'd heard Abby was a sassy gal."
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